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adjective blank pronunciation in American English /blæŋk/
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  1. 2
    blank paper or a blank space is empty and contains no writing or other marks

    a blank sheet of paper

    Write your name in the blank space at the top of the page.

    The last three boxes should be left blank.

    1. b.
      a blank surface has nothing on it

      He was tired of staring at the four blank walls.

    2. c.
      a blank screen, for example on a computer, has no writing or images on it

      Suddenly my computer screen went blank.

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… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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